Reviews

Talented Bands Bring Nirvana Love To Ypsilanti

By Phoenixx Staff | April 8, 2016

The 7th Annual Nirvana Tribute Show made its yearly stop on April 8th at Smarty Catz Ypsilanti. With a value cover of $5, the busy and intimate venue treated fans to a full night of grunge. Bands included Fucking Swords and Fire Will Kill You, Snapcat, Mr. Purps and the Absinthe Minded, Bueno No Bueno,…

Mr. Purps and the Absinthe Minded Rock Hard in Ypsilanti

By Phoenixx Staff | April 2, 2016

Detroit favorites, Mr. Purps and the Absinthe Minded rocked the Maidstone Theatre in Ypsilanti on a snowy Saturday April 2nd. Lead singer, Charles Stephen Arnest brought raw vocals and endless guitar talent, over the band’s heavy, throwback-feel rhythm. The trio recently released a new album, and are due to appear at a grunge-filled annual Nirvana…

Endearing Vance Joy Lights Up The Fillmore

By Phoenixx Staff | March 22, 2016

Vance Joy made a wonderful stop in Detroit on his Fire and the Flood tour Tuesday March 22nd, 2016. Opening the show at the Fillmore was UK solo act, Jamie Lawson. Jamie kept it simple with just a mic, guitar, and album cover backdrop with his name inscribed. With heartfelt jams and a mellow style, he…

Daughter Far From Disappear At Calvin College

By Phoenixx Staff | March 9, 2016

UK trio, Daughter made a wonderful stop at Grand Rapids’ Calvin College Wedmesday March 9th. Daughter is currently touring to promote their latest album, “Not To Disappear”, which hit stores and airwaves in January. Daughter put out a series of EPs starting in 2011 (a couple with childhood photos of lead singer, Elena Tonra on…

Jukebox The Ghost Gets The Loving Touch Dancing

By Phoenixx Staff | February 29, 2016

Spirited trio, Jukebox the Ghost, warmed up Ferndale’s Loving Touch this past Monday February 29th, 2016. Opening the show were fellow New Yorkers, Mainland. The four man band delivered upbeat, catchy and danceable narratives about explorations, love, interaction, and even a jam about being superior in coolness. The band is riding a wave of buzz…

Rocket From The Tombs Rock The Pike Room

By Phoenixx Staff | December 2, 2015

Rocket From The Tombs are going strong… and they would like to emphasize – they are not, I repeat, NOT a punk band. They were before all that. A precursor to the punk movement, simply assembling to make rock better than their Cleveland counterparts of the mid-70’s. RFTT is a road paved with “what if”s.…

J LyriKal Readies For Radio Play

By Phoenixx Staff | November 13, 2015

Local hip hop MC, J LyriKal is primed to break on through to the big time. Detroiter Jeff Mallison has been grinding away and putting in work as an artist for years, and is finally starting to make waves. Born with a speech impediment, Jeff discovered a positive outlet to cope through music, finding he…

Run The Jewels Celebrate Album Anniversary With Sold Out Royal Oak Show

By Phoenixx Staff | October 24, 2015

Hip hop’s power duo, Run The Jewels brought the fire to the Royal Oak Music Theater Saturday night October 24th. Run The Jewels is made up of the talented fellows, EL-P and Killer Mike. EL-P has been a notable force in New York’s hip hop scene for more than 20 years having produced, released solo…

Chill On The Hill Rocks The Motor City

By Phoenixx Staff | September 13, 2015

Sterling Heights’ Chill On The Hill festival wrapped up it’s music-filled weekend Sunday at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. Saturday’s festival found the likes of Weezer, Arkells and Panic! At The Disco, while Sunday’s top acts included Cage The Elephant, Coheed and Cambria, X Ambassadors, Cold War Kids, Detroit’s own Dale Earndhardt Jr. Jr. and Robert DeLong.…

The Faint Danse The Night Away In Chicago

By Phoenixx Staff | June 30, 2015

Post-punk electronic musical geniuses, the Faint commandeered a dance mosh pit for the ages Tuesday June 30th at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. The band embarked on two summer stops in the Midwest; the first of two was an electric show in Chicago before heading up to Milwaukee’s Summerfest. The Faint was originally made up of Joel Petersen, and brothers Todd Fink and Clark…

6th Annual Nirvana Tribute Brings Grunge To Hamtramck

By Phoenixx Staff | June 6, 2015

The Motor City’s 6th Annual Nirvana Tribute made a stop this Saturday at the New Dodge Lounge in Hamtramck. Each year, local favorites gather to pay tribute to the legendary Seattle band. Under dim lights, the venue set a perfect vibe for the rocking evening. The event also played host to an extensive rock ‘n’…

Big Guava Festival Sizzles In Tampa

By Phoenixx Staff | May 9, 2015

Tampa’s Big Guava Festival delivered two days of musical fun Friday and Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. With both indoor and outdoor stages, as well as a headlining amphitheater, music could be found all around. Tall palm trees gave the perfect tropical ambiance for the hot hot Friday and Saturday, with temperatures well into…